Godtfred Kirk Christiansen
|Godtfred Kirk Christiansen|
|2nd Leader of The Lego Group|
11 March 1958 (aged 37) – June 13, 1995 (aged 74)
|Preceded by||Ole Kirk Christiansen|
|Succeeded by||Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen|
|Born||July 8, 1920|
|Died||June 13, 1995(aged 75)|
|Spouse(s)||Edith Kirk Christiansen|
Johannes Christiansen (brother) |
Karl Georg Kirk Christiansen (brother)
Gerhardt Kirk Christiansen (brother)
Ulla Skov (sister)
Gunhild Kirk Johansen |
Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen
Ole Kirk Christiansen |
|Known for||Managing Director of the Lego Group.|
In 1950, he became Junior Vice President of the company on his 30th birthday. He was appointed Managing Director in 1957, and became the head of the company after his father died in the following year. By 1960, Godtfred had bought out his three brothers to become sole proprietor of the company.
He was married to Edith Kirk Christiansen, with whom he had 3 children, Gunhild Kirk Johansen, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and Hanne Christiansen. Box Art designs from the 1950s show all three of their children playing with Lego bricks.
In October 1969 Hanne and Kjeld were driving home from a movie in the neighboring town of Give. Their car skidded off the road and hit a tree. Hanne was killed and Kjeld was seriously injured. The tragedy shook Godtfred so much that he seriously considered selling the company. His son, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, became president and CEO of the Lego Group in 1979.
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- "Timeline 1950 - 1959 - The LEGO history - The LEGO Group - About Us LEGO.com". www.lego.com. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
- "Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2017-01-20.
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